OUR UK TEAM
Kate is the Chair of the Afrinspire Trustee Board and has a background in higher education and arts management. She currently works at De Montfort University, Leicester as Director of Faculty Operations for the Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities.
Kate first became involved in Afrinspire whilst working on a research project looking at comparative memory of genocide in Poland and Rwanda. Kate holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham, where she also completed her undergraduate studies, and has a masters degree from the University of Oxford.
Ian is the Chief Executive Officer and a founding trustee of Afrinspire. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer with specialism in water and irrigation engineering. He has also worked in ICT and Facilities within a global pharmaceutical company and carries a range of skills and knowledge from commercial business. Ian has initiated many social start-up projects, community groups and community initiatives and is currently a trustee of three UK charities.
Ian has lived and worked in Swaziland and the Middle East. He has been a regular visitor to East Africa during the past 20 years. Ian currently volunteers as CEO and development consultant with Afrinspire.
Geoff is a retired motor vehicle diagnostic technician, still with a wide range of practical interests. He is a key member of the computer recycling team, who have delivered over
3,000 computers to our African partners. Geoff started the Afrinspire IT Technician’s Group with the young people in Africa, to help and train them in practical computer knowledge and repair. Geoff is a founding trustee of Afrinspire.
Richard is the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Manager at a London Academy federation, expanding the programme across over twenty Academies. He also works for one Academy as a Geography teacher, following his Teach First placement.
Whilst studying geography at the University of Cambridge, he was involved in CUiD (Cambridge University International Development Society), the IDC (Cambridge International Development Conference), and Afrinspire Student Society, visiting Uganda three times with Afrinspire on summer trips.
Felicity is a GP trainee in Kingston, London UK. She is passionate about equipping people to improve the world that we live in, the power of relationships and community movements to affect change, and putting her Christian faith into practice. She became involved with Afrinspire as a summer intern, and has particularly enjoyed supporting young people in both Africa and the UK to connect with Afrinspire and build their skills and projects. Aside from improving health overseas, her interests within medicine are gravitating towards community and population health, clinical leadership and medical education.
Peter is the charity treasurer and is a Chartered Accountant who has been working in international development since selling his own successful business in 2002. Since then he has worked in a variety of development based finance roles in Sudan, Cambodia, Pakistan, Iraq/Kuwait, Tanzania and Palestine. He was also a Trustee for over five years of the Cambridge based Humanitarian Centre.
Clara is the charity secretary and became an Afrinspire trustee following a student visit to Uganda in summer 2010. The trip rounded off three years of involvement in international development at Cambridge University, through CUiD (Cambridge University International Development Society), the Queens’ and Clare Overseas Education Fund and the Karen Hilltribes Trust. Clara is a project management consultant, supporting government and infrastructure clients with the delivery of major projects and programmes.
Dennis is a builder and businessman who is the founder and owner of Whitfield Associates, a property lettings company with a current portfolio of 500 properties in Cambridgeshire. Dennis is a philanthropist with an interest in Africa and a strong belief in personal enterprise and hard work. Dennis is a founding trustee of Afrinspire.
Dan is a GP-in-training in west London, and has strong interests in palliative care and global health. Uganda has a special place in Dan’s heart having first travelled there during his medical school elective. Alongside repeat trips to Uganda, Dan has spent time working for the church Mauritius and in the health service in South Africa and he has previously served as UK Operations Director for a global palliative care charity with a strong presence in Uganda. Dan brings his experience in charity administration and in the health sector to the Afrinspire board. He loves teaching and training and has been particularly involved in the Young Entrepeneurs programme.